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Application process and working conditions

Are you interested in one of our vacancies? To get to know each other well, we follow a number of steps in the application process.

What is the application process?

Confirmation of receipt after your application

Within a few working days, we will let you know that your application has been well received. You will also receive information about the follow-up steps in the process.

Assessment of CV and motivation letter

Based on the CVs and motivation letters received, a selection committee determines which candidates we would like to interview. You will receive a message, even if you are not invited for an interview.

Interview stage

Several candidates will be invited for one or several interviews. You may be asked to give a test lecture, present your research or make an assessment.

Checking references

Sometimes you will be asked for references. Obviously, references will only be contacted with your permission. 


The selection committee will inform you whether you have been accepted or not, including the reasons for the decision.

Offer of contract

If both you and the university agree to the terms of employment, you will be offered a contract. This is when we warmly welcome you as a new colleague.

What can you expect during the application process?

  • A fair chance of appointment
  • Equal treatment
  • Clear application process
  • Confidential handling of your personal data
  • Clear and timely information about the progress of your application

These guidelines are part of the NVP application code that Leiden University follows. NVP is The Dutch Association for Personnel Management & Organisation Development.

When you apply for a job, Leiden University receives certain information from you:

  • personal details
  • CV
  • motivation letter

The Privacy Notice Job Applicants briefly describes how the University processes the data of job applicants.

Excellent working conditions

Choosing a career at Leiden University is a choice for excellent working conditions. In addition to a market-based salary and a generous holiday allowance, you also receive a year-end bonus. Additionally, you are given attractive secondary terms of employment, which you can partially select yourself. These might include accruing additional leave hours (flexible work period) or making annual agreements, which determines how many hours you work in a year and what your goals are for that year. Employees from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. There are also extensive opportunities for education and career development. 

For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. For more information and conditions please check the website of the Service Centre International staff.

And do you have small children? The university also has its own childcare centre with daycare places reserved for you. Of course, paid parental leave is also a given.

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